We encourage you to learn more about energy efficiency and we’ve gathered a variety of resources to help you. (The following are resources only. By offering these links, the SFPUC neither endorses nor promotes any particular product or organization.)
- Top 5 Reasons to be Energy Efficient
- Are you wondering why energy efficiency is important? The Alliance to Save Energy tells you why doing more with less energy benefits you, your city, your state, your country, and the world.
- Energy Star
- Energy Star is an excellent resource for finding energy efficient products. Especially helpful is their annual evaluation of "most efficient" products. Their site also includes a variety of resources for understanding energy efficiency, climate change, and more.
- RESNET’s Energy Saving Tips for Homes
- RESNET is a great resource for equipment, actions, and behavior that can save energy. The site is easy to navigate, with recommendations grouped by each aspect and room of your home.
- California’s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan
- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted California’s first Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan in 2008, and updated the plan in 2011. The comprehensive Plan lays out a roadmap to achieve maximum energy savings across all major groups and sectors in California from 2009 to 2020. It is the state’s first integrated framework of goals and strategies for saving energy - covering government, utility, and private sector actions - and sites energy efficiency as the highest priority resource in meeting California’s energy needs.
If you have children…
If your children attend a San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) school, find out if their school is taking part in the Shared Savings program. Schools that participate in Shared Savings work to reduce their utility bill by 5% or more – if they do, the school receives half those savings back in cash to use for school programs and materials. Saving energy means more money goes to benefit students, while the students learn how to be resource conscious citizens. You can help your child’s school reach their efficiency goals by participating as a member of their Green Team, or by speaking to the principal about joining the Shared Savings program. Learn more about SFUSD’s sustainability initiatives: http://greenthenextgen.org/.
If your children attend a non-SFUSD school, there are a number of non-profits that work with schools to teach kids about clean energy and energy efficiency. The Alliance for Climate Education, ACE, hosts educational assemblies at schools (grades 8-12) for free and are always looking for new schools to visit. ACE encourages student leadership, and helps students form action teams at their schools. The Energy Coalition’s PEAK program (for grades 3-7) also offers free resources to teachers and assemblies for participating schools.
Hey Kids! Ever wonder why lights turn on with the flick of a switch? Or how electricity gets from those wires overhead into the TV and computer in your home? Check out these websites to learn more about energy, play energy games, and become an energy-saving champion!
- For older kids:
- For younger kids:
- Kids Energy Zone is full of awesome ways to learn, watch, and play your way to being an energy champion!
- EERE’s Kids Materials